Hostelling International Chicago - Chicago, IL

Chicago Loop Hostel


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Hostel at a Glance: Hostelling International Chicago

With no age limits and fresh sheets and towels for every guest, Hostelling International Chicago is a hostel anyone can stay in. Situated in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, transportation is easy—it’s just a block and a half from the Blue, Red, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Brown lines. It’s also next door to the Auditorium Theatre, which hosts performances by the world-class Joffrey Ballet and other cultural events.

  • Complimentary breakfast: muffins, bagels, fruit, cereal, juice, and coffee
  • Explore the city with a free guided tour.
  • Stay connected with free WiFi.
  • Cook for yourself in the shared, fully stocked kitchen.

Chicago’s Loop: Historic Commercial Center with World-Class Museums and Parks

Named after the shape formed by the elevated train tracks that form its perimeter, The Loop is Chicago’s downtown and the country’s second-largest business district. Skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the art-deco Chicago Board of Trade Building loom large here. They overlook waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the world’s finest art collections.

About three blocks from the hotel is the Art Institute of Chicago, whose gargantuan collection covers everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. You don’t even have to go to the museum to see outstanding art—walk around The Loop, and you’ll see outdoor sculptures from Picasso and Joan Miró. Just north of the Art Institute, Millennium Park is known for both the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion (which hosts free public concerts during the summer), and for the sculpture Cloud Gate, known to Chicagoans as “The Bean” for its legume-like shape.

Grant Park, known affectionately as “Chicago’s front yard,” occupies more than 300 acres along the lake just east of the Loop. Modeled after the gardens at Versailles, the park is dotted with several impressive attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Its sheer size have made Grant Park the site of many notable events, including Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech and the Lollapalooza music festival, which takes place here every summer.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a private room
  • Dates into October

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $3 daily HI membership fee paid at check-in
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Free guided tour of the city
  • Shared kitchen
  • 24-hour reception
  • Free WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Government issued ID required at check-in; traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $3 daily HI membership fee paid at check-in
  • Residents with 606 zip code not eligible to stay.

Other Details

Room Details

Private Room

  • One full bed with a lofted single bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: no onsite parking available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest Airports: O’Hare International (ORD; 18 mi) and Midway (MDW; 12 mi)
  • Nearest Transit Stop: CTA, Blue Line, Jackson stop
  • Cab Fare: about $60 from ORD; $45 from MDW

Customer Reviews

(15 ratings)

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William S. ·
1 rating   1 review  
· October 29, 2017


Ana A. ·
3 ratings   4 reviews  
· December 9, 2016
It was awesome! I travel to Chicago for my birthday I was looking the best location so I could enjoy downtown Chicago, Hi Hostel was perfectly located and awesome people around. Truly recommended! I will definitely go there again.


Maria R. ·
1 rating   1 review  
· September 26, 2016
Friendly, Clean, Best central location, very Affordable.
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